It’s an open secret in the education community. As we go about integrating technology into our schools, we are increasing the risk and potential for plagiarism in our tradition-minded classrooms. In the balance, does plagiarism make these tools more problematic than they are useful?
A report released today by the plagiarism-detection tool TurnItIn confirms what a lot of teachers already know: that students are copying content from online sources. According to the report, for both high school and college students, Wikipedia and Yahoo Answers were the top two most popular sources of lifted copy. But another interesting fact emerged … Continue reading Plagiarism Differences in High School and College Students →
Last week’s post about how the Internet affects plagiarism brought up some interesting points of discussion. Readers are parsing the difference between copying information verbatim without citing the source, and paraphrasing information gleaned from sources like Wikipedia. One reader writes: As a graduate student and researcher, 80% of what I do is not expressing original … Continue reading Plagiarism or Paraphrasing: Does it Matter Anymore? →
Plagiarism is nothing new. Students have been plagiarizing far before the Internet was widely available — whether it was copying from the encyclopedia or hiring professionals. But the Internet and the explosion of online resources has made it easier for students to get to those resources. You’ll find a number of websites geared specifically to … Continue reading How the Internet Affects Plagiarism →